At a New Year’s Eve party last year, my friends and I went around the table discussing what we hoped to accomplish in the coming year. When my turn came, I said I didn’t expect much. Twenty eighteen couldn’t conceivably contend with its predecessor. In 2017, I finished my first year of law school, I took my first internship in a prosecutor’s office, and I got married. How could that be topped?
I bought my MacBook Pro six and a half years ago when I was starting college. At the time, it was state of the art. That was before I contemplated going to law school. It has served me well but it is starting to show its age. The battery life is shortening and the charging cable is getting frayed. Apps don’t start up as quickly as they once did and they are laggy when they do. I would love to upgrade to a new laptop but I simply cannot afford one at this stage in my life.
Lately, I’ve been contemplating whether an iPad would serve my needs in law school. Read more
One of the best purchases I’ve made in 2017 has been my copy of Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder (only about $6 on Amazon). It sits on my dining room table and I pick it up most days while I sip my morning coffee. My wife enjoys making fun of me for it. “Are you reading from the dictionary again?” Well, not entirely. I’m not that much of a nerd. Read more
Last Christmas a very close friend gave me copy of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. He told me he thought that I would really enjoy it. At that point, one semester into law school, I hadn’t read anything for my own enjoyment in months. I hadn’t read fiction for my own enjoyment in years. Unfamiliar with Hemingway’s writing and not knowing what to expect, I cautiously paged through the first few chapters. What I found truly surprised me. Read more
In the midst of all of this, I haven’t written a single blog post here in the month of May until now. I have two more days of high school left. Next Sunday, I graduate. Three months from yesterday I move in at the residence halls at MSUM. Now that the craziness of this month has died down temporarily, I look back and I’m humbled by the amazing talented people I’ve had the privilege to play with over the past couple years in jazz band. I’m incredibly honored to receive the Louis Armstrong award, but also humbled by the talent of those around me who remind me I still have so much to learn. I’m sad it’s all basically over, but looking forward to an exciting new chapter and the incredible new things I’ll learn as I’ll be studying music education in the fall at MSUM.
Thank you so much to Stephen Anderson, Jenny Sun, Dan Schuster, Garrett Hoy, Karan Saravana, Kathleen Marsh, Payson Wallach, Mr. Leeman, Allen Carter, Nick Fryer, Mr. Syverson, Mr. Tafelmeyer, and the countless others who have inspired me over the past couple years and have taught me so much about jazz music.